Seven Facts About Copper Mountain
With the anticipation building for the 2017-2108 Winter season to begin, we bring you seven facts about Copper Mountain to tide you over until opening day, Friday, 11.10.2107!
7 FACTS ABOUT COPPER MOUNTAIN YOU SHOULD KNOW
Those who have only heard of Copper Mountain may think of it as just another ski resort. But for those who have visited, it’s much more than that. Copper is a community that welcomes you no matter your ability or where you’re from. It’s a place you can call home, and keep returning to again and again.
Whether you’re a Copper rookie or are thinking about a visit for the first time, brush up on your knowledge with these facts about Copper Mountain.
1. COPPER’S FIRST INHABITANTS WERE THE UTE AND ARAPAHO INDIANS Hundreds of years ago between 1100 and 1300 AD, the Ute and Arapaho Indians lived in the area that is home to today’s Copper Mountain. They used the forest and the streams in the area for fishing, trapping, and hunting while also enjoying the beauty of the nature surrounding them. Join one of Copper’s free Ski With a Ranger tours to learn more about the history of Copper Mountain and the wildlife and plants in the area.
2. IT’S NAMED AFTER THE MINERAL COPPER Fast forward to the mid 1800s when the Colorado gold rush was booming. Miners came to the area looking for gold, but instead they found copper. From then on, the mountain became known as Copper Mountain!
3. THE COPPER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT OFFICIALLY OPENED IN 1972 Chuck Lewis is Copper’s founding father, and he had a vision that he shared with his friends saying, "I'm gonna build me a killer ski resort." The planning and building of the resort took a few years, but officially opened in 1972 with 26 miles of trails and 5 lifts.
4. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SKI RESORTS IN COLORADO With 2,490 skiable acres, Copper falls in the top 10 largest ski resorts in Colorado. The terrain within these acres includes over 140 marked trails and 23 total chair lifts.
5. IT IS HOME TO THE ONLY EARLY-SEASON, FULL-LENGTH U.S. SKI TEAM DOWNHILL TRAINING COURSE Back in 2011, Copper Mountain became an official U.S. Ski Team downhill training venue with the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper. Racers can clock in speeds of up to 75 mph on this course, so keep your eyes peeled or you might miss them!
6. IT’S KNOWN FOR ITS NATURALLY DIVIDED TERRAIN One of the best reasons for beginners to ski at Copper is the way it’s divided – you can start in West Village for the easiest greens and move your way east to increase in difficulty. It’s one of the only naturally divided resorts in the area, so newcomers don’t need to be so concerned about experts zooming past or taking a wrong turn. To get to know the mountain better, try one of Copper’s free mountain tours where you can ski with a Resort Ambassador.
7. COPPER RECEIVES AN AVERAGE SNOWFALL OF 304 INCHES PER YEAR
Opt for a March visit to increase your powder day chances. Since Copper’s opening season, March has received an average of 53 inches of snow, making it typically the snowiest month of the year.
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